He recalled being on a “road of destruction’ as he struggled to cope with the loss of routine in his life, after being in a military regime for many years.
He admitted: “It was a slippery slope, I was repeating the same cycles.
“It was a destructive pattern of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, all kinds of stuff. It was just a road of destruction, I knew I needed to change that.
“That didn’t resolve itself as soon as I came back. It took a good five years after that that I got sorted.”
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